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What is a breach of contract?

For many employees, the termination of employment may occur in breach of their contract of employment and may provide a claim for damages.

For independent contractors, the terms of the contract set out the basis of the relationship between the contractor and the principal.

When is a contract breached?

When a legal dispute arises between the independent contractor and the principal, any redress will likely be by way of a claim for breach of contract. A claim for breach of contract may relate to:

  • termination of the agreement in breach;
  • a failure to pay amounts owing under the contract;
  • a failure to provide work as provided for by the contract.

The remedies for breach of a contract include an injunction to prevent further breaches and damages. Damages are measured by reference to the loss suffered as a result of the breach of contract.

Turner Freeman lawyers has special expertise in identifying potential causes of action for breach of contract and in acting for independent contractors in breach of contract claims.

We can help

Call (08) 9325 0900 to speak with our employment law specialist Timothy Kucera in Western Australia or come and visit us. Our WA office is located in Perth CBD.


Our employment contract lawyer

Timothy Kucera is a lawyer at Turner Freeman’s WA office with extensive experience in employment and industrial law.

Admitted as a lawyer in 1999, Tim has been working for trade unions and workers in the manufacturing, food construction, mining and transport industries for over 20 years.

His expertise include all aspects of employment law and industrial law. Tim worked for the AMWU, CFMEU as well as other WA unions during his career.

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